Stonewall Country: Songs from the Musical

Stonewall Country: Songs from the Musical

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by Robin Williams
     
 

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
Label:
Red House
UPC:
0033651024422
catalogNumber:
244

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Jew's Harp,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Garrison Keillor   Narrator
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin
John Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Glass Harmonica,Bazouki
Jim Watson   Bass,Vocals
Linda Williams   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Brashear   Fiddle

Technical Credits

John Jennings   Producer,Engineering
Eric Peltoniemi   Art Direction,Cover Art
Linda Williams   Composer
Jerome Clark   Additional Music
Rusty Annis   Additional Production
Don Baker   Additional Music
Noah Smith   Additional Production
Stuart Martin   Additional Production
Robin Williams   Composer
Jerry Brown   Additional Production
Margaret Junkin Preston   Additional Music

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Stonewall Country: Songs from the Musical 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joe_Ross More than 1 year ago
It is immediately apparent that Robin and Linda Williams had plenty of fun while both composing and performing the songs for a musical about Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, written in 1985 in collaboration with Don Baker who wrote the book. The play ran for twenty consecutive years (until 2005) at Lexington, Va.'s Lime Kiln Theater, and it was revived in 2009. Robin & Linda make their home in the Shenandoah Valley, nicknamed "Stone Wall Country" the opening cut's title with its Native American translated reference to "clear-eyed daughter of the stars." After many years with the Sugar Hill label, this is now their fifth album on Minnesota's Red House Records label since 2004. They once told me their audience are simply acoustic music lovers, "broad based.folkies who like the old-time ballads, bluegrassers that like the instruments and harmonies.roots country people who like the original material.and others who come just to be entertained." Thus, they were a very fine choice to research and compose this diverse body of material for their legion of eclectic fans. Robin (guitar, resonator guitar, jew's harp) and Linda (banjo, guitar) have had a long association with Jim Watson (electric bass) and Jimmy Gaudreau (mandolin), both band members for over a decade. Chris Brashear (fiddle), Garrison Keillor (narration), and album producer John Jennings (various instruments) also appear on this album. The mandolin and fiddle seems a tad understated at times. The strong originals showcase the duo's fine songwriting and arranging skills, their collaborators including Don Baker, Margaret Junkin Preston or Jerome Clark on three numbers. Lyrics speak to concepts that professional military personnel can understand -- loyalty, dedication, duty, honor, courage, perseverance, hardship and sacrifice. They also document some maternal perspectives in songs such as "Exile" and "Burying Day." A contemplative solo ballad sung by Linda, "The One and Only Little Someone," was inspired by letters written between Jackson and his second wife. Most every successful musical has emotional moments, intimate memories, happy and sad remembrances. "Exile" and "Let Us Cross over the River" are the best examples of these sentiments, the latter taken from Jackson's last words on his death bed. I'm also quite curious to see how the play evolved on stage when spirited, exuberant numbers like "Battling Anthems" and "Seven Day Freak Out" cued up. Wouldn't it have been interesting to have a companion DVD available with this product? Robin and Linda Williams have always had a goal to present good, close, personal, and accessible songs. And the prolific duo has written many fine songs over the years. While these songs were all written during a fairly short period in 1985, the duo was definitely inspired. "Stonewall Country" doesn't disappoint and was a perfect project to thematically seize the life and times of General Jackson, as well as The Williams' innovative muse and traditional spirit. (Joe Ross)